December 17, 2008
To celebrate my coming back, I have redone my "blog icon" to match a little bit more of what I wanted my blog to show.
But enough of blabbering on.
My recommendation is that if you don't already have super docker, or Adobe reader 9, than download them. They make your life much easier.
December 11, 2008
Incase you wanted to look at my menu, here it is... I haven't updated yet.
New "check this out" Icons include - drum roll - the "area 52" icon set. pretty awesome and modern; a mix of alien and apple. Check it out.
Now a important announcement:
minkster is now back in the USA. Unexpectedly. Very, very, unexpectedly. well, I'm here in the US now, so no worries.
Book of the week: The Hunger Games
December 9, 2008
- Insomnia X: Keeps your computer running while your lid is closed
- Caffine: keeps your computer bright so you don't have to keep rubbing the mouse; use with Insomnia
- IAntiVirus: Scans your computer for viruses, then deletes viruses
(haven't had any viruses yet)
December 8, 2008
- Hotspot Shield: This device can be used to get passed the China firewall, or the school block. Works for both Windows & Macs. Search "download Hotspot Shield" on google, and download away!
- Skype: For communicating to people back home... and when the lesson is boring. A good multipurpose communication. Search Skype on google to obtain Skype.
November 17, 2008
Step two: Click on new image
Step three: name your "disk" and choose 128 bit encription
Step four: put in your password
Violá, your done
An easier way: go to http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/networking_security/espionage.html to download "espionage" and lock folders easily.
October 18, 2008
First, after flying into the Beijing Airport, I went to Sun Village, a village where the kids live becuase their parents are in jail.
Next, I visited the Olympic Park, and went inside of the Birds Nest for the second time. You can actually go on the field, but not on the track.
next: The Hutongs, Planning Exibition, And More
September 28, 2008
- Taxi Drivers are ranked in "stars" one star is the worst, and five stars are extremely rare
- Hold onto your seat. Your going to need to!
- Crashes are negotiated on the spot. If an agreement for paying can't be agreed on, the police are called to help.
My experience goes as follows: Start at the Super Brand Mall. Here comes a taxi. I wave it down. The driver doesn't really know the way, and so we're telling him where to go. The average fare to our house is 15 yuan, and so when we get there, and the meter shows 27 yuan, we're not happy. We tell him that we should only pay him 15 yuan. He gets really angry, and starts to speed back to the Jin Mao as fast as possible. We tell him to stop, and he doesn't stop. Finally, my mom pulls open the door, and out we get (of course he stopped when my mom opened up the door!). We pay him the fair, and out we go.
Hope you don't have an experience like that!
Photo from http://www.wangjianshuo.com/personal/places/shanghai/shanghai-qiangshen.taxi-head.jpg; http://farm1.static.flickr.com/201/476815738_2fb84f9e3f.jpg?v=0
September 14, 2008
- Great Milkshakes
- Great Ice cream
- Sherpas "the 'bring to you' company will deliver to you"
- Free delivery within 1k of Johnny Moos
I recommend the cookie dough milkshake, but also, if you're feeling like you want a fruit, try the mango milkshake. It tastes like mango.
On the other hand, watermelon juice is great, becuase of how it tastes. Try it (when your sure that the watermelon used is not just the street watermelon).
Finally, there's the rain. It just keeps raining, and it's good, becuase it washes away the dirt from the sidewalk... just as long as it isn't polluted. You may not want to chance walking in the sidewalk, becuase really, do you want to know what's in it?
September 13, 2008
Anyways, because it's so tall, many people want to go up, and would go up if... if it wasn't so expensive. I have a friend who's family went up (only four people in all), and it cost 70 US dollars! Very expensive.
I might go up to myself, later, and see if the price is worth it.
Also, the shopping is always fun here, and you should see some of the things there are. These include software, as well as tailored clothes!
Besides that there's lots of rain. Lot's and Lot's and Lot's of rain. The locals say it's unusual.
Bye for now,
September 10, 2008
Some places you should visit to shop for cool stuff, clothes, and software are:
International Pearl Market
The mall under the science and technology museum
NOT off the street
the turtle market (for pet turtles)
the Fabric Market (get custom fit clothes!)
Bargaining in key here
September 1, 2008
August 29, 2008
Kathleen 5, and Face are two great restaurants.
Kathleen 5 is located over an art museum, at the top of an old railway station, with a fabulous view of peoples park.
Face is loacated near the tech. park, and it makes you feel like you aren't in China anymore, and you can chose from Morrocan,Thai, and Indian foods in different rooms, as well as a night club.
Both restaurants, i feel i must alert you, are not for the stingy. They have high prices, but if you feel like you want a special night or lunch in a perfect setting, try these places out. If not, if you feel you want something special, or if you feel homesick, just go to Element Fresh!
PS, for those pictures I posted earlier, click on them to enlage them!
August 28, 2008
They even went so far as to put in underwater escalators,
a fake dock and rusty boat,
or a moving underwater sight seeing tunnel!
Because they went so far, this is a must see aquarium.
The price may seem a little bit pricy for the one hour experience, but it is totaly worth it, and you will be raving on like me once you go! Also, the feeding times are cool, so time your visit!
(the aquarium is loacated near the Science museum, the super brand mall, and the Jin Mao tower)
August 21, 2008
First in the Birds Nest Stadium I watched Racewalking finals, Javelin Prelims, Men's 100 Decathlon, Women's High jump Prelims, and Men's Decathlon Long Jump.
After that, I walked around the greens, took the subway (very clean, cheap, and easy to use), and went back to the hotel to deposit some friendlies. Finally we went to the women's bronze and gold medal soccer games.
For the first game, Germany had the advantage of the home crowd (China). Cheers went up whenever they had the ball. And the Germans took the bronze medal.
Then, the USA team fought Brazil for the gold. The score was tied 0-0 until finally the US came out with a goal in the first overtime. Brazil took a few shots, but no goal was scored, and the US came out with the gold!
August 15, 2008
(Didn't mean to be depressing. It meant don't waste time, and make the most of it.)
August 14, 2008
Easily make them with Wordle (www.wordle.net) and create them. Type the words many times in a row to make them bigger. Example
blog blog blog blog
Then click the go button, and change the font, the layout, and the colors!
August 12, 2008
Well, to put it far off, I don't have to go raving on about how America is doing, and how China is doing.
So what should I blog about? The new face of minkster blog? (thanks to google, I now can put games and more images and more widgets (smaller programs that you can run on a website or blog) on minkster blog. So thanks to google for that.
Maybe I'll just play a few games down below... maybe.
Well, the countdown to the plane to China, and the Olympics for me. Also (not to be all high up and braggy), airplanes are cold and stuffy. Someone should come up with a better solution for air circulation. Oh, well.
August 7, 2008
Also, this means some tour facts, and a lot of Asia revealings. So, welcome new adventures, and bring on the Beijing 2008 olympics!
(any questions can be answered through comments on this post, and others!)
August 4, 2008
So for the second topic, you have probably noticed some of the new things that this blog has, such as... music, game links, and a guest book (please sign!). The music is from Project playlist (http://www.projectplaylist.com/), game links are provided by me, and guest book is from Slide (http://www.slide.com/).
Thanks for the cooperation and time for reading,
July 30, 2008
Results came in:
- Paper and Pencil: 0 (0%)
- Computer: 5 (71%)
- Phone: 0 (0%)
- Laptop: 2 (28%)
So, these are the results. From this quick poll, we can do an estimate determination of what people like to write with. Goodbye old ways, welcome new ways, however, not texting.
July 22, 2008
Something concerning tech? Something concerning books? Nah, how about a notification!
My third WN&C is going to be about an introduction to the Junior Olympics. We all know about the Olympics. It's going to be hosted in Beijing. Did you know however, that for kids 8-18 there is a nation wide (US) Junior Olmpics.
Events range from the one-hundred to the three thousand meter racewalk.
Qualifying can be a toughfy though. You have to go through associations (near your area- the local trach teams), regionals (all of the states nearby), and finaly if you get through those steps, you get to participate in the Junior Olympics.
Right now, on Friday, We are on the fourth day of JO's. It's been sweltering hot here in Omaha, with an occasional rain shower.
For more information go to the USATF site (united states of america track and field).
July 19, 2008
July 16, 2008
July 15, 2008
Whizzing past the water, changing to land, you peek at the spedometer, and realize, you're going eighty on a fifty-five mile-an-hour speed-limit.
Why do they go so fast?
I think they go fast, because that way, they can make more money by getting more people once they're finished with you.
So, is this better than a bus?
In my opinion, no. Bus drivers lose their job (well, in some companies) if they're pulled over for speeding, and so, busses are better if you have lots of time for where you're going. If not, take a cab!
This years 2008 Y-Pulse was stellar, lead by Anastasia Goodstein. The conference was about teen marketing, and technology. Speakers Ranged from Justina Chen Headley (an author), to MC Hammer (hip-hop, dancejam.com), and everything went on schedule, and was very exciting.
Who was at the conference?
Starting out companies, starting authors, and CEO's of companies, all people, focusing on tweens, but mostly teens.
So, where was the conference located?
Good old San Francisco. The confrence and the lodging was in Hotel Nikko.
What was your favorite part?
I really liked some of the social networking confrences, but no confrence was bad- for all of the people speaking were very good, and knew what they were doing.
For More information on Y Pulse click HERE.
July 10, 2008
July 4, 2008
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July 3, 2008
Imagine being chosen, and being in love with the person you have to kill to survive...
The Hunger Games by Susan Collins is a really great book. I encourage everyone when the book comes out to read it!
Rating-- 9/10, readers 7th grade and up.
July 2, 2008
In modern times, we want a good and inexpensive sound program, because who actually wants Sound Recorder? For one, you can't do almost anything with it, and second, you can't delete any sound.
So I was looking on the Internet, and I found a good sound recording program. It is called Audacity. Audacity lets you delete certain sections, see the wave lengths, and much, much, more. Best of all, it's free!
June 22, 2008
Minkster, I have two questions for you concerning books-
1.In the book Life as We Knew It, how would you suggest people be prepared for emergencies?
2.In the book Letters for Algernon, would you have made the same decision to have the operation done on you?
As an answer,
1.I would suggest that people make some home emergency boxes (the ideal boxes would be large transparent crates) that have enough supplies to last two weeks if you would be eating three meals a day. Change the cans, and the drinks every year. Also on the drink topic, pick some bulk waters (lots of individual water bottles) up, considering that if everyone in your family drank two a day, build up enough to last two weeks.
Imagine that someone was hurt. Well, think ahead (this would also be good for just every day), and get a large first aid kit that has everything in it that you would need, and also an explanatory sheet telling how and when to utilize the equipment. Also to be super safe, attend (that doesn’t mean just you, it means bring everyone eligible) a training session on first aid. Check the local news, the Red Cross page, and your local medical station, or hospital, and sign yourself up. You never know when you might need to have that knowledge.
Finally, have your family go over an evacuation plan. Know the safest way out. Designate a meeting space. Make everyone memorize everyone else’s numbers (cell-phone).
2. Yes, I would have made the same decision as Charlie (knowing now what the damage was), because it would have been comforting to know that I had once been that smart and that I had once learned things that I never would’ve dreamed of doing before.
I would have known that I had proved some of the smartest people on Earth today wrong. The scientists who conducted the operation upon Charlie assumed that if he survived, he would stay at his peak intelligence level.
So yes, I would have made the same decision, but also to tell my mother and my sister that I had changed, I was intelligent, and that the Charlie even before the change, had been human. Had had dreams, thoughts, emotions, and feelings.
p.s. I recommend that anyone who hasn’t read the books above should read them.
Minkster recommended ages- 12 or 13 – 18 to 19.
June 16, 2008
So whether it's molecules, or a history fact, or even a reading tip, it's going to be a good blog (or so I hope).